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dangle (something) before (someone)

To try to entice someone with something. Dad dangled a few twenties before us , but we told him he'd have to pay more to get us to clean out the whole garage.
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dangle from (something)

To hang loosely from something, as if likely to fall. Can you straighten that picture before it falls? It's just dangling from the nail.
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dangle from something

to hang from something. A number of colorful glass balls dangled from the branches of the tree. Some loose threads dangled from the bottom of his jacket.
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dangle something before someone

 and dangle something in front of someone 
1. Lit. to tempt someone by dangling a tempting object in front of them. Don't dangle that string of pearls infront of me unless you intend to give them to me!
2. Fig. to lure someone with something. He dangled the keys before Wally, hoping to get him to drive. He dangled the money in front of Eric, hoping to make him change his mind.
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dangle something from something

to hang something loosely from something else. She dangled a few small bells from the bottom of her skirt during the holidays. I dangled a bit of fish from the window so I could see how high the cat would jump.
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dangle a carrot in front of someone


offer someone a carrot

COMMON If you dangle a carrot in front of someone or offer them a carrot, you try to persuade them to do something by offering them a reward. The team have dangled a $17 million carrot in front of the Italian to remain in North America. He is to offer the public a new carrot by reducing petrol prices. Note: The words carrot, dangle and offer are used in other structures and expressions with a similar meaning. Tax cuts may be offered as a carrot to voters ahead of the next election. The money's dangling there like a huge carrot, and you want to grab it. Note: The image here is of someone encouraging a donkey to move forward by holding a carrot in front of it.
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n. the penis. (Usually objectionable.) Come on, Billy. Shake your dingle and put it away.
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The three-dimensional daisy dangle is designed to catch the light of spring with shimmering cubic zirconia.
Dr Dangle plagiarised another doctor's application and misrepresented his own experience in order to improve his chances of obtaining a specialist training post.
Finally, the true fashionista can add a set of Steffi Thomas dangles, an add-on earring-style accessory, to accent the ensemble.
Hines' breathtaking Valentine's Day selection, in gorgeous passionate pink hued pieces such as the Pearl Puddle[TM] Dangle Earrings is accessibly priced and elegantly simple.
Honor the bonds between female family members with a sterling silver and sparkling cubic zirconia dangle that says "Sweet Sister," "Loving Mother" or "Grandmother.
When Dangle arranges a trip to a police convention in Florida, the team is ecstatic.
Murtagh put up 2lb overweight on 6-1 shot Dangle, who was beaten just under two lengths in fifth place by winner Amalie Bay, the evens favourite.
Batty Steve, whose hairline was receding at a rate of knots, dangles twice a week from a sturdy oak in his local park after a pal who studies yoga told him to get back to his roots.
JOHNNY MURTAGH was slapped with a seven-day ban, which rules him out of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and trainer Eddie Lynam was fined EUR750 following the running of Dangle in the opener at The Curragh yesterday, writes Tony O'Hehir.
Dare you Dangle takes place on July 13 and 14 at Brunel House in Cardiff.
Dangle has previous banking experience as well as 14 years of experience in owning and operating a retail bookstore.
Dangle in the Dust, set in the dressing room of a rugby club, has been scripted by South Shields-based Darren Palmer, 38.
Sharon Stone, Portia de Rossi, Teri Hatcher and Edie Falco chose to swing in diamond dangle earrings and Lorraine Bracco even brought along a security guard to protect her diamonds.
13 /PRNewswire/ -- Five styles of gold jewelry head the World Gold Council list of trends this holiday season: Nature inspired pins, convertible items, earrings that dangle, colored and textured gold links.
As the 1-1/4-mile ride begins, the cars dangle on a 2-inch-thick cable over desert landscape far below; nearer the top, they slide frighteningly close to the rocky mountain face.